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By Drs Bradbury & Amato, PC
March 25, 2017
Category: Oral Health
ExpertAdviceVivicaAFoxonKissingandOralhealth

Is having good oral hygiene important to kissing? Who's better to answer that question than Vivica A. Fox? Among her other achievements, the versatile actress won the “Best Kiss” honor at the MTV Movie Awards, for a memorable scene with Will Smith in the 1996 blockbuster Independence Day. When Dear Doctor magazine asked her, Ms. Fox said that proper oral hygiene was indeed essential. Actually, she said:

"Ooooh, yes, yes, yes, Honey, 'cause Baby, if you kiss somebody with a dragon mouth, my God, it's the worst experience ever as an actor to try to act like you enjoy it!"

And even if you're not on stage, it's no fun to kiss someone whose oral hygiene isn't what it should be. So what's the best way to step up your game? Here's how Vivica does it:

“I visit my dentist every three months and get my teeth cleaned, I floss, I brush, I just spent two hundred bucks on an electronic toothbrush — I'm into dental hygiene for sure.”

Well, we might add that you don't need to spend tons of money on a toothbrush — after all, it's not the brush that keeps your mouth healthy, but the hand that holds it. And not everyone needs to come in as often every three months. But her tips are generally right on.

For proper at-home oral care, nothing beats brushing twice a day for two minutes each time, and flossing once a day. Brushing removes the sticky, bacteria-laden plaque that clings to your teeth and causes tooth decay and gum disease — not to mention malodorous breath. Don't forget to brush your tongue as well — it can also harbor those bad-breath bacteria.

While brushing is effective, it can't reach the tiny spaces in between teeth and under gums where plaque bacteria can hide. But floss can: That's what makes it so important to getting your mouth really clean.

Finally, regular professional checkups and cleanings are an essential part of good oral hygiene. Why? Because even the most dutiful brushing and flossing can't remove the hardened coating called tartar that eventually forms on tooth surfaces. Only a trained health care provider with the right dental tools can! And when you come in for a routine office visit, you'll also get a thorough checkup that can detect tooth decay, gum disease, and other threats to your oral health.

Bad breath isn't just a turn-off for kissing — It can indicate a possible problem in your mouth. So listen to what award-winning kisser Vivica Fox says: Paying attention to your oral hygiene can really pay off! For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can read the entire interview with Vivica A. Fox in Dear Doctor's latest issue.


By Drs Bradbury & Amato, PC
March 10, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  
HomeWhiteningKitsareSafeandEffectiveifUsedtheRightWay

You’re satisfied with your smile appearance except for one thing — your teeth aren’t as white and bright as you wish they could be. So, you’ve decided to do something about their dull yellow color.

You’re also thinking about buying a whitening product you can use yourself rather than a professional application. But you still want the answers to two questions: are home whitening kits safe? And, are they effective?

By and large the answer to the first question is yes — if you use it as directed. The whitening agents in FDA-approved products are in safe proportions to other ingredients and won’t cause any major health issues. That said, if you go beyond the instructed dosage you could damage your teeth, especially your enamel, and cause long-term problems with your dental care.

In addition, if you (or a family member) are still in your early teens, you may want to wait until you’re older. Although most permanent teeth have come in by puberty, their enamel still needs to mature. The chemicals in a whitening kit could be too strong for their under-developed enamel. It’s best to get our advice on whether your teeth are mature enough for whitening.

As to their effectiveness, home whitening kits should perform as their labeling indicates. But there are some differences in effects between a home kit and a professional application.

Although a home kit usually uses the same whitening agents (like carbamide peroxide), its strength is much lower than a professional treatment — about 10% of volume compared to around 30% in clinical solutions. This means it will take much longer to achieve the desired whitening effect that a professional application can in fewer sessions, and with less precision. In addition, home kits are only effective on surface staining of the enamel — discoloration within a tooth requires treatment by a dentist.

You can get satisfactory results from a home whitening kit. But before you make a purchase, consult with us first — we can advise you on what to look for in your purchase, as well as determine if your teeth can benefit from whitening at home.

If you would like more information on teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Whitening Safety Tips.”


By Drs Bradbury & Amato, PC
March 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

When a patient can't get veneers or crowns to improve the appearance of their teeth, dental bonding may be the next best thing. It's a dental bondingtemporary yet reliable solution to several common cosmetic issues that patients struggle with. Find out more about this simple cosmetic procedure that's available at the office of Dr. Bradbury and Dr. Amato, a team of dentists that serve the West Hartford, CT area, and see if you're a good candidate.

About Dental Bonding
Bonding is the process of adding dental-grade composite resin material to the surfaces of the teeth to repair damage and fix imperfections. The dentist applies the resin in layers and uses a curing light to bond it. Once the material becomes solid, it can be smoothed out and contoured as needed by your West Hartford dentist. While the material is not as strong as porcelain, it will provide you with a better looking smile for about 5-10 years.

Are You a Candidate for Bonding?
Minor tooth problems can be fixed with dental bonding. It is most commonly used on the front teeth that show when you smile. If you have any of the following issues you may be a candidate:

- small gaps around the teeth
- teeth with jagged edges that need reshaping
- teeth that are smaller than the others
- teeth that are chipped due to injury

Benefits of Tooth Bonding
Patients often choose dental bonding for a number of reasons:

- It's a very quick procedure (as little as 15-30 minutes in many cases).
- It’s non-invasive and doesn’t require any tooth material to be removed.
- There's no need for sedation for the appointment.
- It's a less expensive option compared to veneers, crowns or braces.
- Your tooth color can be matched very closely.

A Beautiful Smile with Bonding
Many patients are surprised to learn how much their smile can be improved with a simple dental bonding procedure. Call Drs. Bradbury & Amato, PC today at (860) 561-3050 to make an appointment with a West Hartford, CT dentist.